Whole Foods to Adopt Amazon O...

Whole Foods to Adopt Amazon One Technology in the US

Jul 24, 2023

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Amazon One, the palm recognition service offered by Amazon Web Services, has achieved a significant milestone, surpassing 3 million uses for identification, payment, loyalty membership, and entry at various locations throughout the United States. As the service continues to gain traction, Whole Foods Market is embracing it wholeheartedly. By the end of this year, all 500+ Whole Foods Market stores in the U.S. will adopt Amazon One for payment and to provide Prime membership benefits to their customers.

The integration of Amazon One means that Whole Foods Market customers who opt to use the service will no longer require their wallets or phones to make payments. Instead, they can conveniently hover their palm over an Amazon One device for a seamless transaction. For Prime members who link their Amazon One profile with their Amazon account, savings will be automatically applied, simplifying the shopping experience even further.

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Currently, Amazon One is already available at more than 200 Whole Foods Market locations across the U.S., spanning multiple states including Arizona, California, Texas, and Washington. However, the company plans to expand its presence to the remaining stores in the coming months.

In addition to its integration in Whole Foods Market and Amazon Fresh stores, Amazon One is finding adoption in third-party businesses as well. Panera Bread, for example, has implemented Amazon One's loyalty-linking capability at select restaurants. By using the service, guests can easily access their MyPanera loyalty account information simply by hovering their palms over the Amazon One device. This enables a personalized experience, and after placing their order, guests can again scan their palms to make the payment.

“We are always looking for new ways to delight our customers and improve the shopping experience,” said Leandro Balbinot, Chief Technology Officer at Whole Foods Market. “Since we’ve introduced Amazon One at Whole Foods Market stores over the past two years, we’ve seen that customers love the convenience it provides, and we’re excited to bring Amazon One to all of our customers across the U.S.”

To enroll in Amazon One, first-time users can pre-register online using their credit or debit card, Amazon account, and mobile number, which takes about a minute. Subsequently, they can complete the enrollment process in seconds by scanning their palm at a participating Whole Foods Market store or any other location where Amazon One is available. Once enrolled, Amazon Prime members can immediately enjoy the associated benefits and savings on their Whole Foods Market store purchases.

To ensure the security and privacy of customer data, Amazon One utilizes a unique numerical, vector representation called a "palm signature" that analyzes both the palm and underlying vein structure for identity matching. Unlike credit cards or passwords, this palm signature cannot be replicated to impersonate a customer. Moreover, all customer palm data is securely stored in the AWS Cloud, protected by multiple security controls, and equipped with tamper-detection capabilities to render the device unusable if tampered with. With these measures in place, Amazon One aims to provide a secure and efficient identification and payment solution for businesses and customers alike.

Source: Amazon One palm payment technology is coming to all 500+ Whole Foods Market stores in the U.S.

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